ASHAWAY â€“ As he and his students will tell you, Ashaway Elementary School Principal Steven Morrone typically isn't speechless in the morning.
But, to be fair, the morning of Monday, Feb. 14 wasn't typical in the least.
As he walked into the cafeteria of the elementary school, Morrone was flanked by members of the Chariho Regional School Committee, district administrators and teachers, his family, and the entire student body.
The second-year principal, who could see that everyone was excited and clapping, began clapping, too, as he was obviously unaware of what was going on.
WAKEFIELDâ€“South County residents now once again have a place to buy books with the opening of Wakefield Books last Saturday.
Wakefield Mall owner Jeffrey Levy opened the local bookstore after Waldenbooks closed at the same location on Jan. 22 after 31 years of service at the mall. Borders Bookstore, the owner of the Waldenbooks chain of stores did not renew the bookstoreâ€™s lease after it expired, which had left local residents temporarily without a bookstore. Levy rehired all of the same staff from the previous Waldenbooks is continuing to work at the new Wakefield Books.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â€“ When youâ€™re fed up with freezing temperatures, icy roads and blackened snow piled high, itâ€™s nice to think about warm-weather activities as a distraction.
Some people pore over seed catalogs, planning their spring gardens. Barry Gross is enmeshed in plans to refurbish the old Johnsonâ€™s Boat Yard site that heâ€™s owned since 1992. Heâ€™s already started, dredging three years ago to increase the capacity to 60 slips plus 24 moorings in Mill Cove.
Now, under the new name Northwick Boat Yard, the Narragansett-based realtor and developer is upgrading the facilities again.